The Art of Column Writing

The Art of Column Writing
By Suzette Martinez Standring  (2020 reissue from Suzette Standring)

The Art of Column Writing is a guidebook on the basics of column writing and its various forms: humor, opinion, religion, investigative/metro, lifestyle, and other niche columns.

Over fifty celebrity newspaper columnists share advice about voice, point of view, crafting memorable beginnings and endings, telling a story in 700 words, and how to create writing that compels a faithful and ever-growing readership.

This book is used in university journalism and writing courses.

The Art of Column Writing is available on Amazon in print, Kindle and ebooks.

The Art of Column Writing is used in national university journalism courses and has won the following awards:

2008 - First Place, Education: The Art of Column Writing, Royal Palm Literary Awards, Florida Writers Association

2008 - Honorable Mention, The Art of Column Writing, Writing Category, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards

2009 - Honorable Mention, The Art of Column Writing, Writers-Editors Network 

 5 Star Reviews. What professors, columnists, and writers say about The Art of Column Writing:


This book is a minor miracle - and the miracle is that Suzette Martinez Standring has compressed so much valuable information into a book that is not only useful, informative, and funny, but also at times deeply moving.

Dr. Allan G. Hunter, Curry College


Written in a refreshing, conversational style, it's like having a talk with a friend. It's just that this friend happens to be one of the most readable columnists on the planet, and wants to share her amassed knowledge with you.

Julie Fay

In today's complicated world, the art of storytelling is more important than ever. Suzette persuaded America's top columnists to show how they do their jobs. I wrote my first newspaper column more than 30 years ago, but I learned so much from reading this book.

Dave Lieber, Columnist, Fort Worth Star Telegram (Texas)


Excellent book, I use it for two classes and sometimes give it away to aspiring writers.

Hugh Bouchelle


The Art of Column Writing: Insider Secrets from Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington, Pete Hamill and Other Great Columnists
By Suzette Martinez Standring  (2014 reissue, RRP International)